Natural Treatment for Epilepsy

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Posted by Andy (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 08/25/2011

Hi guys I'm Andy, from South Africa. I started having seizures 2 years ago. My Neurologist does not know / can't determine the problem. I read a lot of articles on this wonderful website & I was inspired. I'm now on treatment (Epilim), which I want to stop taking. I've started using the 'Epsom salts' remedy, so I want to know… how long should I use this remedy for? & How will I know it's working, 'cause I have seizures while sleeping.

Posted by Debbie
Melbourne , Australia
Andy, a better way to take magnesium rather than epson salts is to try and get Magnesium oil and rub it into your skin (transdermally) or also have it in the bath. Or you can buy magnesium chloride and make the magnesium oil yourself. The magnesium in Epson salts don't last as long as the magnesium chloride.

Also the best way to get magnesium into you is to swim in sea water. That is much much more concentrated than epson salts or even magnesium chloride. Do you live near the ocean?

There is a great website that discusses this

Posted by Andy
Joburg, South Africa
Hi Debbie,

Thank you for your valuable advice. I will definitely try the Magnesium oil remedy; unfortunately I don't live near the ocean but do visit places with an ocean. What do you think of 'Coconut oil'?

Posted by Cor (St. George, Grenada) on 08/15/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I am now 34 and have been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. I was diagnosed in 2008. The EEG reported minor bilateral sharp activity. I was then prescribed 200mg Tegretol CR twice per day. Up until 2011, I suspected that seizure activity might be happening and I had another EEG done, I do not have the terminology of the my latest report but it was very similar to the first one so the meds was increased to 300mg Tegretol CR twice per day. It is my intention to be off this drug b/c of my reactions to it. I am generally tired and sleepy and I have noticed some memory and concentration problems. Also, I have weight gained and menstrual problems. Any suggestions for my conditions. I intend to have babies and I would like something that is safe for me both pre, during and post pregnancy. I live in the Caribbean. Any suggestions??

Posted by Janet
Kendal, U.k
33 Posts
Refered to an interesting article re-seizures, coconut oil and magnesium-oxide. Sent this article to someone on EC only 2 weeks ago and he says he's doing REALLY WELL.:).
Posted by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
Seizures, weight gain, concentration issues all sound like that are related to what I am reading about excitotoxins, namely MSG and aspartame.

Google "Excitotoxins, Dr. Russell Blaylock". Apparently the toxicity of these products to the brain is well studied but the general public know nothing about it.

Posted by Starko (West Hollywood, Ca) on 03/10/2011

I'm going to try one of these to see if it helps my seizures, or is it even better to alternate the days and try both? (The recipe for the 2nd I see as sodium carbonate, baking soda and potasium bicarbonate or citrate.)

Posted by Ktjdck5 (Jeffersonville, In, Usa) on 03/02/2011

I am a new member and I have read over some of the questions and comments under the epilepsy area. I seem to have a unique case. My daughter is now 11 and 1/2 years old. She has been on Keppra for a little over 2 years. She had a genetics test done which revealed she has a DNA deletion that causes her to have seizures along with delayed developement and symptoms of ADD, ODD, OCD, and learning disabilities. She recently as in 6 days ago had a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure because we ran out of her meds for a little over a week. She's only had a total of 3 in the past three years and this one was the worst. It was so scary.

My question is this, will any of the things I've read about help her as well? Is it safe to use for someone like her? Is there anyone else out there with the same condition? Seizures brought on by DNA deletion. When we first discovered she was even having seizures they were absence seizures (petit mal) but we really didn't know that was going on. I thought it was just part of her developemental delay and the doctors were saying she was mildly retarted. She would just stare off into space for about half a minute or so and then right back to where she started. I want so badly to get her off prescription meds but safely.

Posted by Mangui (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 11/30/2010

Hi my name is maria I am desperate about my brother he has epilepsy and mental retardation, he take 11 pills a day and still have 2- 3 epilepsys a month, also he has incontinence a night please advice anyone thank you

Posted by Tom
Regina, Sk
Have you looked or tried anything at all so far from this site's EPILEPSY section?

Try something fast, harmless, cheap and easily available first! Perhaps the Epsom Salts remedy (it's on the first page there. Just use your browser Menu drop-down Edit--Find (or Search and then type in 'Epsom' into the box. It'll find the term and highlight it on the page. )

Posted by Ahmed
Niles , Il
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I will suggest you start half tablespoon epsom salt with orange juice. I am seeing changes in my son once I started. No harm in it. I am giving every day before he goes to bed. I am also hearing very positive note from his school.
Posted by Seline
Mtl, Qc
Hi just want to know how old is your son, and still doing fine with Epsom salt? I would like to try.
Posted by Mom2nj
Mahwah, Nj, Usa
Hi Ahmed, Just wanted to know if your son is doing better. My son (9 years) is having seizures and I am thinking about starting this remedy. Please let me know if you have any more suggestions.

thanks, mom2nj

Posted by Cynthia (New Richland, MN) on 05/21/2009

I started having seizures after a fatal car accident in May of 1981. I cracked my skull in three places, lost 3 1/2 units of blood, was in surjery for HOURS and was in a coma for 4 days! Dr's in Rochester told my parents I would probly be in a coma for 6-8 months if I lived and they didn't think I would make it through the night!!!! 4 days later I came out of the coma and exactly 2 weeks after the accident I was sent home! A few months later I was walking home, don't remember walking 12 blocks, couldn't open the door and when my mother did I collapsed in her arms! As the years have gone by, The Dr's in Rochester have told me I don't have seizures! But the episodes have gotten worse and worse! I now have Grandmall seizures so bad I am breaking bones!!! in the 1990's the Rochester Dr's did a CAT scan and they also bought the EEG results that a Dr. from Abbott had done! They told me the CAT scan didn't show anything and that the Dr. who did the EEG obviously didn't know what he was doing because he said I have seizures and infact I had one when he did the EEG!!! Excuse me, But I do have seizures and I will listen to the Dr. from the cities before I will listen to the Dr's at Mayo!!! What can I do about these seizures, I am Lost, Scared and Very Upset!!!! I can't work, I can't watch my Grandchildren, I can't be left alone, I can't do ANYTHING!!!! I am a 46 year old who will never have anything or amount to anything because of these seizures!!!! PLEASE HELP ME!!! Cynthia

Posted by Marilyn
Flat Rock, NC
Cynthia, I had similar experiences after going in a newly installed MRI to rule out MS (which they didn't). Within 2-3 days afterwards, limbs started flailing like a "body quake". I realized that this was happening when I was near someone else or the doctor approaching me. When they backed off, it subsided. Later saw that I am extremely sensitive to EMF and even fall down over underground water veins. What I'm trying to get to is that this could all be a body's reaction to the trauma of the accident and your body is trying to shake it off/out. Read "Waking The Tiger" by Peter Levine for a good explanation as to what MIGHT be happening regards to trauma being trapped in your body. What helped me a GREAT deal was cranial osteopathy with an experienced practitioner. YOU are the one who is going to solve it. Tune in and heal. Good luck in your healing quest.
Posted by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hello Cynthia,

You are a 46 year old creation of the Supreme Being and God doesn't make junk, so you are somebody and amount to something at least in his eyes. Sounds like you are having a tough time of it at present and sounds like you and the one who did the EEG are right. Since this started after a severe automobile accident, it most probably is from damage to the brain in the accident, but from the prognosis given to your family and the rapid recovery to the point where you are now, tells me somebody is on your side and has been since the accident. I can't say it will work for you, but eclamptic pregnant women are given magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salts) IV to keep them from having seizures during a crisis. If the taste doesn't turn you off, you get a 2 lb. box of epsom salts at places like the Dollar Tree for $1.00. My son recently purchased a 4 lb. package of epsom salts at Walgreens for $3.50. I would recommend trying 1/2 tsp. of epsom salts dissolved in water morning and evening. The taste isn't that bad but rinse the mouth out after taking and the taste is gone. If the taste bothers you, it can be put into empty capsules but the capsules will probably be more expensive than the epsom salts.

Cynthia, please on-line search "excitotoxins" and pull up all references to neurosurgeon Russell L. Blaylock. There was a 1 hr. video on You tube with him but I don't if it is still there or not. Dr. Blaylock blames the excitotoxins for causing headaches, seizures, ALS, Alzheimers disease, Parkinson's Disease as well as others. The 2 major excitotoxins are Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame. The more highly processed the foods you eat the more MSG and aspartame you are getting. Most all diet foods and drinks are full of aspartame, which is usually identified as aspartame, NutraSweet, or Equal in the ingredients list on the product. The other thing you need to search is "names MSG hidden under". Print this list out and go into your kitchen and diligently read all ingredients on everything you eat or drink, even your raw meats that you must cook.

If 1/2 tsp. of epsom salts twice a day doesn't get those seizure under control, you can increase it by 1/2 tsp. (3/4 tsp) morning and evening. Your body will let you now if you get too much because your stools will get loose. This is the only unwanted side effect expected and you will know when it happens. Another way to increase magnesium intake without the laxative effect is to put a cup or two in your warm bath water and enjoy a good soaking while your skin absorbs some magnesium for you.

Lots of luck and keep us posted on your progress. If it works for you it will probably work for other EC responders also.

Posted by Rob
Manhattan, New York
you may want to experiment with cranial osteopathy, which works through very gentle pressure applied with the hands to manipulate the bones and connective tissues of the head and tailbone. The aim is to free up restrictions in the movement of the cranial bones and allow the subtle rhythms of the central nervous system to express themselves in a balanced fashion. the trick is finding someone that is trained well and hopefully has a gift...To find a practitioner of cranial osteopathy:

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Posted by Blue (Hammond, Indiana, Usa) on 11/22/2009


I TURNED IN MY DRIVERS LICENSE AFTER A FATAL ACCIDENT WAS REPORTED IN THE LOCAL NEWS PAPER AND THEN THE LIGHT BULB ON MY HEAD WENT ON BRIGHT. As an epileptic since I was 8 yrs old and taking the dreaded dialantin sodium & phenobarbital has kept me sane and grand mal seizure free. One doctor took all my prescribed meds for 2 weeks-he wanted to see what would happen-well i had a grand mal seizure while on my stationary bike, fell off, bit my tongue and had a severe headach for days and stayed home from work just to get my body back to where it was prior to obeying this Dr. If I could find something but after 70 years I will stick to my apple cider vinegar in V8 or water while it still not hurting but helping my arthritis and osteoporosis. Annnd shiny hair too.

Please stick to your meds until you are truly sure and that your examiner thinks you can go ahead with alternatives. It physically hurts badly to not use the safety first method. I pray for all us epileptics especially the kids. While I was a kid I had to fight the kids for all their ugly remarks that made me cry in anger and then I began to fight them back because this is not my fault. You are all in my prayers.

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Posted by Ritchie (Huntington Beach, CA) on 03/06/2008

[YEA]  I have been taking Taurine (500mg), Tyrosine(500mg), and B-50 complex. This has helped me control my seizures. I take The Taurine once in the morning. I take the Tyrosine 3 times a day, and B-Complex 2 to 3 times a day. If I take it 3 times a day, it sometimes keeps me up at night because it raises my energy levels up; instead, I take it 3 times a day only for more control or energy. I'm taking medicine still but at a minimal level because of these additional items I'm taking. Accupuncture helped me as well. I went from the full dosage of regular meds. to half the amount. The accupuncture takes some time though, but is worth it in the end.(The type of acupuncture I used was the approach treating the whole body - not just the ears for example.)

Posted by Binah
4 Posts
I take Taurine as well, I take 3000mg twice daily though, along with Vitamin B complex 50mg twice, I take them together as Taurine uses Vitamin B6 to carry out its functions. I started taking it last year and have managed to reduce my keppra dose from 2750mg to 750mg per day and I am determined to get off it because the side effects of it are horrendous, I do get fairly good control with keppra but would rather look for natural ways to control seizures. One thing that keppra did to me was it caused arythmia and the Taurine has also stopped this and this is a great relief to me. I'm still on Tegretol Retard unfortunately but am considering reducing that too in the future. Taurine is an amazing anti-convulsant imo and I'm so grateful because I was suicidal and exhausted and losing my hair and angry on keppra, I couldn't concentrate, follow a film or read a book, and books were my refuge.

I take spirulina too since last May which has helped with insomnia and energy levels and complex migraines and the nerve damage in my hands that was becoming a problem for me, its full of B vitamins and neuroprotectant amino acids.

There is new research out since last month on Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) these can be bought in the health shop, they contain Leucine Isoleucine and Valine, the research was done on a small number of people who had Autism with Epilepsy and they found between 7-10 grams in powder form given over the day in about four doses had dramatic effects on both conditions. They specify that the work was only carried out on people with Autism who had a genetic co-morbid epilepsy but I think it is reasonable to wonder if this may work too for the general epilepsy population.

I'm starting hopefully this week to start drinking ionised water, about 8 pints a day, a friend of mine has done this for his daughter and he says it reduced her seizures by 50%. It is used for many illnesses and in hospitals in Japan for its anti-oxidant effect. The machines can be expensive but I made my own for a small fraction of the price. There are a few good clear videos on how to make one on youtube.

Never give up hope, there are lots of options out there to try, blessings everyone x

Posted by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
215 Posts
Magnesium. Try 400-500 mg per day, split the dose.

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Posted by Joe (Mercedes, Tx 78570) on 07/17/2012

Hello My Name is Joe and I get seizures. Don't really have epilepsy due to the fact that I get them maybe 4 times a year. I'm on Dilantin 2 pills a day but would really want to get rid of it naturally forever. on this baking soda. Does it affect me even though I take pills? Can I please get more info. on this please? thank you.

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand)

I had a feedback of a child that had monthly epileptic seizures. The remedy for that one for a child anyway was 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, and some magnesium citrate supplements,which was about 100-150 mg. A foundation exists because a disease exists, if there were no disease, a foundation would not exist and people would be out of a job. Hence, the system perpetuates the disease. An epileptic seizures at least on my observations were at least a couple things (but more) as the cause that can be considered in a home remedy: A heavy metal toxicity and hence magnesium reduces this problem.

An alkalization increases oxygen and the brain can heal itself.

A lecithin supplements for a child, for example might be 1/2 tablespoon a day. The lecithin promotes myelin sheath.

Both the myelin sheaths if insufficient the brain short circuits as there is no insulation to protect electrical neural travelling. The lecithin promotes myelin sheaths. Heavy metals are electrically conductive and causes the brain to short circuit. I have seen some children with epileptic seizures where the CAT scans show as white dots (metals absorbs the radiation so they appear white) on the brain. Those were the heavy metals that deposits.

Oh yes, and one more thing, vitamin C sodium ascorbate vitamin C is important as the brain has large stores of them necessary to protect against oxidants. A 250 mg dose will usually help too.

Posted by Luis Miguel
Arvada, Colorado, USA
I am from Lima, Peru, South America and currently live in Colorado, USA. Currently I am sixty (60) years old and have suffered epilepsy (Version: Grand Mal) since I was fifteen (15) years to sixty years, ie along forty-five (45) years I carry a cross named Epilepsy. Almost all my life I have taken tablets that controlled epilepsy Tegretol, Phenytoin sodium, Mysoline, Epamin, etc. But that does not serve me. Here in USA, I knew the Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), and this will work. My recipe is: ¼ tea spoon in a glass of water before going to sleep. FROM A YEAR AGO I DID NOT TAKE ANY TABLETS, AND I DO NOT HAVE ANY MORE SEIZURES. THANK YOU MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. God Bless America, this Baking Soda and this lovely website."

04/24/2011: Amy from Houston, Tx replies: "Hi Ted, My mother started getting epileptic seizures when she was 40. She is now 51 and for a moment there, we thought she was cured (it went away for a couple of years) but has now returned. She refuses to take her meds because of the side effects, but I also need my sleep since her attacts seem to be nocturnal. I really hate to see her go through this. She thinks it has someting to do with food, but there's always diffrent ones she complains about. My question is, do you think the epsom salt/orange juice or the baking soda/lemon juice is a option for my mom? Can I try both? or is that too much? I have her taking orange juice/epsom salt, lecithin 1120 mg, magnesium complex 200 mg, and B Complex. Anything else you suggest? Are the amounts ok? Thank you so much for your help, I would really like my mom to get better somehow since her meds are out of the question.

Thank you...

Posted by Erika
Middletown, Ct
I am writing to the person who posted Ted's Remedies. I really like your advice and I was hoping to speak to you more about your advice. My daughter suffers from seizures and they have been getting worse. Please if you can call me at 860-316-5080 or email me at EDeRaffaele(at) I have many questions and I really believe you can help my daughter. What you're saying makes so much sense. I really hate the way the USA treats their patients with all different kinds of Medication. I really want to go about this the most natural way possible. Thank you so much.
Posted by Indi
Topeka, Ks
I have epilepsy that is triggered through hormonal changes and food allergies has she been checked for those. I have to avoid corn , there is even hidden corn alcohol in salt so people have to live on a whole food diet made from scratch at home to see any real benifit. This is the only way to be sure. Also at night valerian with hops is great. But it doesnt last all night and its not recommended for everyday due to the possible toxicity levels in the liver. Im going to try the baking soda at night. And vit. c.
Posted by Jennifer
Russell, Bay Of Islands., New Zealand.
Hi Amy, from Houston, TX.! -May I offer some ideas? -I suspect you may run into difficulty with over-active bowels if patient is given Epsom Salts to consume.. (so hard to get dosage just right :) --Far better to go to a good-quality HealthFood Shop, -(hopefully you have one nearby?)-- or order some Magnesium supplements Online! =>.. But also, if you can find a Bulk-store where they sell quality Epsom Salts (Mg. =Magnesium)in large bags... Say 10kgs, or even 25kgs. And then: dissolve 2or3 cups-full of the Magnesium crystals (Epsom Salts) into a bowl of hot or very warm water... &then pour this into a nice big Bathfull of warm water =for your Mum to have a lovely, long & relaxing soak in it! ... If you help her to do this not long before going off to bed for the night, you might just find that, because the Magnesium is so badly needed by all the nerves & muscles, &indeed by all parts of the body! - that this is a very enjoyable and safe way to supply it... Because the skin is the largest 'organ' of the body, & it sure knows how to soak-up the valuable Magnesium in the Bathwater! --Just a further thought, though, ... Is that IF you are in a situation like most 'urbanised' folks -who's house is supplied by "Town-supply" water! ... Then this is usually loaded with harmful Chlorine! ... &sometimes Flouride as well... So if you go to the web, you should be able to ask there, how to get a "whole-house" type of water-filter which can get rid of the damaging Chlorine =(destroys your immune-system! ), &the Flouride as well. =Ask Dr. Joseph Mercola, & he'll soon put you 'in the picture'! --Meantime, a few baths with Epsom Salts, before bed, will help to strengthen your Mum's nervous system, & hopefully reduce her nighttime seizures! - I hope this is helpful for you. Also, give her B-Complex Vitamins each day, along with some extra B6. Vitiamin, each day. -- All the best. :) -Jen.
Posted by Aodhan
Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
On the epilepsy page there is a remedy that caught my eye, the baking soda in water... I only have been diagnosed with petite mal but have had 2 grand mal fits over the course of the 4years I have been diagnosed and recently I had the second one while babysitting my niece and I absolutely terrified her and need a way to stop them. Tablets arent for me I cant swallow them and thought maybe it could work for me as well?
Posted by Josie
Columbia, Md
3 Posts
My fiance has sufferered from epileptic seizures since 4 years ago due to a trauma - that was both emotional and physical in nature. They have subsided greatly with a dabbing of Celtic sea salt on his tongue if he had a seizure. Also they have been greatly helped since we added a chelated form of magnesium salts (they are wrapped in an amino acid). When you take a magnesium supplement that is wrapped/binded to an amino acid - not the magnesium citrate version, you do NOT get an irritated bowel in the least and you absorb far more magnesium as well - about 70 to 80 percent more! He has been improving steadily yet gradually and I suspect he has heavy metals in his body (blood test will be done to confirm or deny my suspicions). In the meantime he is taking Dr. Todd Ovokaitys' product (which is the magnesium wrapped in an amino acid). You can find this magnesium here: This is the best magnesium I too have ever taken.

Milk of Magnesia I do not recommend for getting your intake of magnesium from. You will have diarrhea too often.

If you take Epsom salts for your magnesium, you will get way too much diarrhea unless you have fasted for a good day. Besides they taste nasty, really nasty! I would not recommend Epsom salts to ingest but more to absorb magnesium via the skin in a bath with 3 cups of it. You will sleep like a baby if you do this, and might even fall asleep in the tub like I do :)

Posted by Lemontwist
Houston, Tx, Usa
I like that you put this together and the success others that are having with using 1/4 teaspoon of Baking Soda and Citric Acid (Lemon Juice from an ACTUAL Lemon), but as I continued the search (as I too am finding a solution to a natural alternative to NOT taking Phenytoin any more as I too have a nocturnal seizure disorder) I also found this link here in my search:

Seems to point out quite the opposite effect and can cause brain damage. Since I really don't like LiveStrong's site too much (as it's more propagandized garbage with only some value), I went from taking a full teaspoon (as I'm 190 lbs and thought taking a bit more might compensate for my body mass), but now I'm taking (right before bed) a 1/2 a teaspoon with a quarter cut (large size) squeezed lemon and 325 mg powdered Magnesium.

Also, it seems to be the ONLY powered and best absorbale Magnesium on the market as others are in a pill form that don't break down enough in your system to be fully used. This stuff INSTANTLY disolves and using the Citric Acid, it helps absorb even more into your system. Also, it tastes FANTASTIC. I also take 3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The fatty acids from that also calm down and feed your brain at the same time. I've been on quite a few sites and gathered all this info. Also, I'm on a Kenogenic Diet (lots of eggs and bacon - and YES it IS good for you - you NEED to feed your brain and body cholesterol as that is one of the key ingredients your body needs). I've eliminated almost all sugar from my diet as that was a "trigger" for the hyperactivity my brain DOESN'T need. I also take ___ a weight loss product for the past 5 months (found here) and have actually LOST weight. You would think by going on the Kenogenic Diet (high fats, proteins and low carbs) I would have GAINED weight. Well, I've gone from 201 lbs and in two weeks have lost 13 lbs. I'm now 188 lbs. By the way, Although I'm around 190 lbs, I'm tall and broad shouldered and only a 34 waist, so I'm a trim guy and now I'm at my ideal weight. I also eat lots of veggies during the week.

Please let me know if taking more Baking Soda is harmful. Later :-)

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Posted by Rajak Ali (Assam, India) on 07/14/2013

If someone help me to take the exact recipe because a 1/2 spoon baking soda with water makes me more weak and got chances for seizure. I am fed up by using the doctor medicine as I got nearly 15 times seizure and now my condition is very worst please suggest me the real and effective treatment I need ur guidence as I lost faith in allopathy treatment. email id rajakind. 11(at) iam waiting for a effective reponse.

Posted by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
435 Posts
Rajak, The Ketogenic diet was developed in the 1920's at Johns Hopkins hospital for children with epilepsy. However, it is now thought that adults can also benefit from the diet. It is basically a low carbohydrate, high fat diet, similar to the Atkins diet. This may be an approach that could be beneficial to you. Best wishes!
Posted by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
58 Posts
Reply to Rajak Ali, for what it is worth I have read that a major well used remedy for epilepsy is the Ketogenic Diet. Also Magnesium is indicated as a supplement. Best wishes.

Posted by Rose (Steedman, MO/USA) on 01/16/2009

Epilepsy (Ailment)

First I have to say I LOVE THIS SITE! I could spend hours on here and love every minute of it...I get so excited when I see people are finding real is just so exciting! And now I find there's even hope for epilepsy?? This is very near and dear to my son has epilepsy. I used to worry about epilepsy taking his life, now I worry more about all the medications doing the job instead.

Ted, do you think it would make a difference if the seizures were from a closed head injury? Would the same concepts apply? Nothing tangible ever showed up in any of the tests he's ever obvious visible damage.

It just makes sense though--to promote oxygen to the brain for healing, build up the myelin sheaths, the metal toxicity and the short circuiting that happens. I'm sure my son is being overcome with toxins...he gets horrible boils, in fact I was just telling him about turmeric for this. (Thanks everyone for the turmeric info!!!). And not long ago, he scraped his leg on a ladder and he ended up with a staph infection from it.

He also struggles with short-term memory issues at times, and he's in college now. He tries so hard...even though he has these problems he doesn't give up , he just studies harder and reads things 3 or 4 times.

I'm seeing how his eating/sleeping habits (and Mountain Dews-ugh!) are exacerbating the whole problem. I will be sharing all this with him...and most definitely about the MSG/Aspartame issues.

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
35 Posts
Ted, do you think it would make a difference if the seizures were from a closed head injury?

An injury you need the brain to heal. When a brain is in alkaline state, it does heal. In fact I had one Romanian professor who had astenia as a result of a head injury I think sustained from hitting in the tree during skiing. As a result he had both CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and inability to sleep, and a weak epileptic seizures. For me my observations was that the brain didn't heal because he had acid brain. The brain if it is acid, you get sleeplessness. Only when the brain becomes somewhat alkaline, from lower metabolism or irritation or inflammation does the brain begins to heal. The remedy that was used and it worked fantastically well, even from the very first dose, taken 1-2 hours before sleep, using the carbicarb + potassium remedy. The remedy is 1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate plus 1/4 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate plus 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate (or potassium citrate) in 1/2 glass of water one to two hours before sleep. A state of alkalinity is what is needed for the brain to begin healing, it's a state where oxygen is higher, brain is alkaline and the brain heals, thus reducing the episodic epileptic seizures. Most normal baking soda solo remedy won't alkalize the brain because they get used up before reaching the brain and the brain is very high metabolically speaking. A couple of things worthy of mention that the brain is found in high amounts, besides lecithin, this includes fish oil omega 3 500 mg and taurine supplements, about 1000 mg/ day.

Would the same concepts apply?

Generally speaking similar concepts would apply but we concentrate on healing aspects of the brain as mentioned in previous paragraph.

Nothing tangible ever showed up in any of the tests he's ever obvious visible damage.

Our present state of medical diagnostic, by my standards at least is too primitive to even see. For example how do I know there is high heavy metals in the brain using standard tests such as x rays. Only if it becomes very serious do they show up. My own tests are much more simpler using a saliva test for heavy metals duing a dithizone dyes which changes color in presences of high heavy metals. Obviously in epileptic seizures, of physical accident, b complex, and magnesium citrate are very helpful too for normal functions since I have found both heavy metals and calcium to be disuptive for brain function, that may lead to epileptic seizures.

It SHOULD be noted that certain meds make the condition worse, and many antibiotics actually increase heavy metal retention, leading to epileptic seizures. A person with a condition such as these I have found a frequent POISON, came mostly from sugarless chewing gums having aspartame often labeled as "xylitol". Always read the package label. This one I have found a person to have a form of epileptic seizure from just sugar less chewing gum, innocently labeled as xylitol, but contains aspartame, which unfortunately degrades to methanol alcohol and formaldehyde in presence of a body enzymes. Tomato has this effect too, but much much less, and I may avoid this too. Softdrinks also contains them and should be avoided. These Soda that Edgar Cayce call a slops, works like this: it depletes the body of bicarbonates. When large amounts of carbonated water in presence of bicarbonate, they will usually degrade to just water and carbon dioxide withouth any buffering capacities left to control the stability of the body's pH. This information is easily verified from how buffering pH capacities work using sodium bicarbonates, or other bicarbonates.

MSG, glutamate, phenylalanine, asparagine are some other things that not mentioned elsewhere that seems to worsen condition. Any amino acids containing excitoxins literally overheat the neural system by unnecessarily exciting them. But there is another way you can unnecessarily excite them: blood sugar spikes through drinking Mountain Dew, for example. When this happens the body tries to normalize the blood sugar by producing more insulin to quickly reduce blood sugar spikes. Because it is so high, the body ends up overproducing insulin resulting in a condition called hypoglycemia and the body ends up with excessive cortisone, which cause the body to excite unnecessary from such a hormone. In short sweet sugary drinks should be avoided otherwise it worsens the epileptic seizures. Switchin to foods with low glycemic index, as in complex carbohydrates is helpful, EXCEPT for potatoes and mushrooms , which are high in mycotoxins and worsen the epileptic seizures, as mycotoxins are produced by fungus found on potatoes as well as potatoes has high levels of calcium, which is not well tolerate by the brain as excess calcium encourage cysts in a few cases and is one my frequent food intolerant lists, that frequently comes up time to time.

I am sure I haven't answered all the questions, but those are the main points.


P.S. A very easy cure for MRSA that I have uncovered is the use of milk of magnesia. In the case of one cancer individual that had a severe MRSA or staph, the tumeric didn't work, but the milk of magnesia, mixed with 1% hydrogen peroxide, or just milk of magnesia (8% magnesium hydroxide) worked consistently well.

Posted by Rose
Steedman, MO/USA
Epilepsy (Ailment). Followup to Ted's response.

Hi Ted! Thanks so much for your very thorough (and QUICK!) explanation...I like being able to understand the why and how of things, and you explain it so well!

Two things: my son takes a mixture of anticonvulsants...levetiracetam, lamotrigine, topiramate. He (and I) would love for him to eventually be off the medications. They can help hold some of the seizures at by, but they're they lose their effectiveness, docs either add another drug, replace a drug, and then increase amounts. And the side affects! My gosh, where does this end? My son always feels like the docs just want to hurry him out of the office, they don't listen. Can his liver and brain and body handle all this STUFF. He's a young man, you know? Do they really expect a body to have quality of life all doped up this way for the duration of his life? This truly breaks my heart watch him struggle with all the side effects of poor coordination, headaches, clumsiness, confusion, difficulty thinking or talking,etc. I'm sorry, it's just so frustrating.

Look at this:

The other thing is that my son is a big boy, and weight issue is a battle for him. I was thinking this might matter to you with your suggestions for supplement amounts.

I was summarizing your suggestions (and reading other similar posts), and we have dosage questions for you that follow each item. (thank you)

For alkalinity: Mix 1/4 tsp sodium carbonate, 1/4 tsp sodium bicarbonate, and 1/8 tsp potassium bicarbonate OR potassium citrate, together in half glass of water. 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. QUESTION: Is this the only dose every day? and should this be done only 5x/week, with 2 days off?

Lecithin: You mentioned this. QUESTION: Is 1-2 Tbsp per day the right amount every day?

Fish Oil Omega 3: 3500 mg. QUESTION: Is this every day for awhile?

Taurine: 1000 mg/day every day for awhile.

B Complex: I've read about your recommendations in other posts. QUESTION: Would a B50 twice a day be appropriate?

Magnesium Citrate: QUESTION: would this be 250 mg per day?

How about Sodium ascorbate, 2000-3000mg divided up throughout the day?

As his brain/body begins to heal, no doubt the medications' effects will change and will probably need to be adjusted accordingly. Any thoughts on this, Ted??? Of course, a doctor will remain in the picture.

Thank you so so much. The information you provide is helping us to find a more organic solution to stopping the seizures...trying to fix the things CAUSING the seizures and assist the brain in healing with nutrients it actually recognizes...instead of toying with the brain and getting all doped up.

Our heartfelt gratitude,

Posted by Desiree
Portland, OR
[QUESTION]   Ted, Have you known other products to be labeled as containing xylitol, but actually containing another sweetner? I was alarmed when I read about the SF chewing gum. I just bought a big bag of xylitol. I hope that is what it really is. Thank you.
Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
As mentioned before the brain's toxicity in handling heavy metals is greatly reduced with magnesium supplements, such as magnesium citrate 500 mg a day. I remember reading the effects of metal toxicity in Brazilian population was much more stronger if the person had a magnesium deficiency then those who are not. The effects of epileptic seizures would reduce. The key apparently how to phase off such an effect that I had seen people being cured by just slowly phasing them out. These medications are often the cause of obesity and adds more to to the problem. The most important requirement is the issue of alkalization which has the largest effect and at the time, some parents were just happy the child actually no longer had any epileptic seizures using such a simple remedy as a lemon and baking soda also. So a lemon and baking soda may also be added too. What I did notice that inspite of all the medication the child had an epileptic seizures once a month. Upon alkalization with medication. that no longer occured, and the parents phased off the medications slowly as the body acquired more and more supplements to replace them.

As to your questions:

For alkalinity: Mix 1/4 tsp sodium carbonate, 1/4 tsp sodium bicarbonate, and 1/8 tsp potassium bicarbonate OR potassium citrate, together in half glass of water. 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. QUESTION: Is this the only dose every day? and should this be done only 5x/week, with 2 days off?

For a conservative point of view, once a day is fine, and usually it's done 5 or 6 days out of a week with 2 days off. I can't be exact, however a baking soda and lemon may be added during the day is also possible too. That's usually 2 tablespoon of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. The reason why this is mentioned is I had some experience that epileptic seizures was reduced with this also. Lemon becomes citrates and it helps circulation of the brain by normalizing excessive calcium that seems to block circulation of the brain. In more severe instances, cyst appears in the brain because of excessive calcium due to our present dietary practices of eating acid forming foods.

Lecithin: You mentioned this. QUESTION: Is 1-2 Tbsp per day the right amount every day?

That's the average dose and I don't see any problems with this one.

Fish Oil Omega 3: 3500 mg. QUESTION: Is this every day for awhile?

I think for most cases a moderate dose of 500-1500 mg a day for a week, before going to twice a week or three times a week is sufficient. Fish oil I prefer the newest bottle that's just manufactured a month or three months' ago. If it's out in the shelf for 2 years I won't likely use it because oil becomes rancid and becomes somewhat toxic. It's a somewhat unrecognized issue in human dietary health, but it's negative effects is seen often in fish pathology. This is one of the reasons why I don't like to use heat in vegetable oil cookins. Although pure coconut oil in general (never use hydrogenated ones!) resist higher cooking temperatures and are more ideal for the task. To tell if these resist high cooking temperature as a rough guide is whether it hardens in cool temperatures such as 70 degrees or 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It often implies higher resistance, without oxidizing at higher temperatures. Olive oil is another one that, but to a lesser extent then that of coconut oil in resistance to higher cooking temperatures. Vegetable oils works like a "sponge" in acquiring heavy metals off your cooking utensils, full of free radical iron (scientist call them Fenton reaction), nickel, cadmium, lead, etc. That's why I don't like using metallic cooking utensils when a person is on a high heavy metal issues, or have an epilepsy.

Taurine: 1000 mg/day every day for awhile.

Taurine is found in high amounts in the brain. The dose is usually between 1000-4000 mg/day with average minimum dose of 1000 mg. It's ideally taken every day for 5 days out of a week. So it is food for the brain, but the side benefit is it also decreases appetite, and reduce weight.

B Complex: I've read about your recommendations in other posts. QUESTION: Would a B50 twice a day be appropriate?

Usually this depends on a condition. A person with a weight problem may take less such as once a day for a week the perhaps on second week is taken three times a week, then it is further tapered off slowly over during the second month. Taking too much b complex may increase appetite, and hence taking once a day at least for the first week, before taking it ocassionally is a fair rule of thumb. My dose usually reflects the condition of a person. A CFS Chronic Fatigue syndrome needs twice a day, while a person with a weight problem
requires once a day for ONLY the first week then ocassionally after that.

Magnesium Citrate: QUESTION: would this be 250 mg per day?

I prefer 500 mg a day.

How about Sodium ascorbate, 2000-3000mg divided up throughout the day?

1000 x 3 or 1500 x 2

As his brain/body begins to heal, no doubt the medications' effects will change and will probably need to be adjusted accordingly. Any thoughts on this, Ted??? Of course, a doctor will remain in the picture.

Yes, usually with improved coordination and concentration and reduced medications will be noticed. Pretty soon, you will find medication is getting in the way of his recovery and this is often the signal for reduced medication.


Posted by Vickthechick
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
3 Posts
[YEA]   Ted of Bangkok you are a *GOD*SEND and I send you all the positive, positive, THANK YOU energy I possibly can. Hey if you ever come to San Francisco, California and need someone to stand there and feed your parking meter with quarters I would gladly do that for you! ALL DAY! It would be a very small price to pay for what your information has done for me!

OK FIRST let me say that there is an awful lot of information about seizures on the internet and I was mind boggled for awhile and had to sort and sift and yes, pray, and try to decide what practically I could and could not do. If you are feeling befuddled too, please be patient. It is well worth it to not have to poison yourself with standard pharmaceutical drugs if you have that option to NOT take them. Our world is toxic enough as it is without adding extra stuff in our bodies. The drug they told me to take for my seizures I researched into the medical literature (meant only for doctors) where they actually ADMITTED they did NOT really understand WHY the drug worked. It just did. Really scientific huh? I FULLY AGREE though that you MUST NOT TAKE RISKS and drive a car if you are NOT taking medication and are not pretty much 100% certain you are cured, etc. ONCE you start taking seizure medication ESPECIALLY you can NOT stop without a risk of non-stop seizures for many of these medications.

OK THAT SAID let me give you my facts straight out about me as simply as possible: Female Age 39

First seizure: 08/13/10 (nocturnal while sleeping -- no foaming no incontinence -- taken immediately to emergency room -- blood and urine tests all came back normal)

Second seizure: 10/10/10 Daytime -- about 10am at a public lecture -- immediately before had been eating hard candies given out at the tables (no aspartame according to the company) and had only had Coffee for breakfast. Blacked out for about twenty minutes. No incontinence no foaming at mouth. All tests at emergency room came back normal but I was prescribed an anti-seizure medicine (don't want to name for fear of corporate backlash).

Later I had an MRI and an EEG and an EKG too and ALL came back normal or "non-epileptic" EXCEPT for a small cyst in my brain that showed up in the MRI. Doctors said this had nothing to do with my seizures and was common but they want to watch it (apparantly a lot of people have them and don't know it until they have an MRI). Scared the crap out of me. I've always believed in vitamins and health food etc. But have been too befuddled and confused to figure out WHAT to do -- lazy you might call me but HEY modern living is complicated enough without filtering everything and doing tiresome WORK WORK WORK related to eating perfectly every day and taking a zillion vitamins.

IRONICALLY I was tired all the time but TOO TIRED to make perfect food and bother to take vitamins which could have made me feel better but who knew? WELL NOW I had a fire under my butt! Life is precious and I didn't want to have it end too soon but I checked out all the online complaints about the side effects of the seizure medicine they told me to take and I felt that I just couldn't do put that pharmaceutical crap in my body.

I got a Chinese Traditional Medicine doctor and started taking his herbs every night but still wasn't sleeping well.

FINALLY I found this site and tried Ted's 2 TABLESPOONS FRESH LEMON JUICE mixed with1/2 teaspoon baking soda washed down with somePomegranate juice right before bedtime last night. I SLEPT BETTER THAN I HAVE IN AGES!!! I can NOT find sodium carbonate for Ted's alkalinity recipe so I'm just going to do the lemon juice/baking soda thing before bed with a 99mg Potassium Citrate capsule.

I'm also taking daily: One Vitamin E 400IU softgel, One Taurine 500mg cap (Ted recommends 1000mg), Soy Lecithin Granules (at least tablespoon per day), One B-12 complex (so that weird baking soda "pill-like thing" experience another person reported hopefully won't happen to me as a side effect of taking baking soda every night! ), 1000 units of Vitamin D DAILY (this vitamin just ROCKS! You would pretty much have to lay out naked for two hours to get it naturally! ) Um. Oh and Vitamin C. How much? Oh I don't know. The only vitamins you really have to be careful about taking too much I have read are Vitamin E and Vitamin A though I know a girl who cured TERRIBLE acne through large doses of NATURAL Vitamin A capsules but I digress.


Posted by Sandhya
Kihei, Hawaii, Usa
6 Posts
Epilepsy....... Check out the sites for brain injury symptoms...... More and more they are finding that whiplash or a blow to the head of some sort can cause epilepsy even up to 10 to 15 years later....... And doctors don't ask about this. Check out brain injury symptoms on a good site and see if they fit. You might be surprised.

The Aspartame Link   1  0   

Posted by Chris (Lansing, Michigan) on 01/24/2008

[YEA]  On September 1,2007 I started having grand mal seizures. I continue to have them and my neurologist says I have developed epilepsy. I had no idea that artificial sweeteners would cause neurological disorders. It was a gift from God when my dentist found out about my seizures and steered me to this information. Doctors want to cover up the symptoms with medication that is actually worse than the symptoms themselves. I am going to stop all foods with aspertaime and I know I will feel better and my seizures will stop. I had funny feelings for months that were gradually getting worse and I was still putting the poison in my body. The feelings slowly got worse to the point of not being able to speak which led to the grand mal seizure. I was poisoning myself and didn't even know it. Thank you so much for this life saving information. I am going to use Stevia and pass this information to all I know. Has anyone developed siezures since using aspertaine?

Posted by Joyce
Joelton, Tn.
To Chris from Lansing, Michigan, 1/24/08 Chris, you will find the answer to your question by googling "Excitotoxins" If you want to go even deeper in this subject, buy or get a copy from your library, 2 books: The first one is easier for the layman to understand and is written by Rachel & Richard Heller & Dr. Vagnnini, a cardiologist. The title is "The Carbohydrate Addict's Healthy Heart Program: Break Your Carbo-Insulin Connection to Heart Diseasebook".

the second one is written by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock. Its title is "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Killsbook link".

The first book is written on what monosodium glutamate and aspartame do to the body, which starts with making it kick out excess insulin and ends up with Diabetes Mellitus type 2 with all its complications.

The second book is written on what the excitotoxins do to our brains and central nervous system. Which is excites the cells to death, which is how they got the name of excitotoxins. Fortunately the major excitotoxins that you are likely to find in your food is the same as in the first book- MSG and aspartame. Unfortunately most people do not know that our foods are heavily loaded with these two brain killers because they are hidden under other names such as natural flavors, spices (not named), natural flavorings and many others. It is hard to find a commercial salad dressing, Ketchup, sauces, sausage, etc. without them. Glad you discovered what was causing it before total destruction occurred

Posted by Jody23
Fort Worth, Tx
4 Posts
I heard that Pfizer added Aspartame to the seziure drug Dilantin, when they changed the look of the capsule back in 2007. There is no proof that Pfizer added Aspartame to Dilantin, but why are some people having seizures who have not had a seizure in 5-10 years while taking the "old Dilantin"(Parke Davis 100mg kapseals). I called Pfizer and asked them if the formula had been changed. They said the look of the capsule was changed, but not the formula. I think something was changed, but Pfizer wasn't going to tell me.

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Posted by Ola (Gdynia, Poland) on 09/22/2010

[NAY]  Hello, my name is Ola and I'm 26. I have epilepsy for 6 years. Nobody could help my, becouse medicines don't help me. (on average 5 times a month I had epileptic seizure -not hard only - unconscious). My doctor suggested my VNS THERAPY. I didn't know what to do, I affraid. He didn't tell me about side effect. But I decide that to go on operation. After this operation I felt horrible. I couldn't speak for 0, 5 year. And I don't see an effect. Noone in my country could help my. I feel terrible pain when the stimulus is on. Maby it is badly implant? Epileptic seizure are the same or worse. It could't be adjust becouse I feel horrible pain. Now I don't know what to do. What should I do? could somebody help my?

Posted by Tom
Regina, Sk

Since you had NOT had epilepsy all your life up to age 20, why did the doctors not then suspect an external cause such as a parasite, toxin, heavy metal exposure, etc.?

The toxin could be anything, from solvents or cleaners used around the home, to mold neurotoxins released from moldy carpets or a wet wall in or near the bathroom, etc. This stinks of gross incompetence. Please try to remember where and when you were up to several months before your first attack! Your home, workplace, diet, any pets (they unfortunately bring in all manner of parasites). Did you try basic and extremely important things first like ensuring it wasn't aspartame, or a bad diet?

Parasites cause electrolyte imbalances AND release strong neurotoxins, both of which can generate attacks.

Did you first try Ted's basics like taking extra magnesium, at the link to Epilepsy on this site here?:

Please see the table of contents here, where P. 230 says "SEIZURES".

You can read this item for free, no signup or fee or registering or anything. Look to where it says "230" at the page bottom, NOT from entering "230" in the page box above the window! Here's what it says:

Seizures are always caused by tiny Ascaris larvae in the brain. I suppose they find their way to the seizure center by accident. It is not normal for them to be in the brain, they typically travel between the stomach and lungs. Ascaris eggs are present everywhere in animal filth. Dogs, cats, horses and pigs all get Ascaris. Their excrement dries and flies about in the dust, but mostly it resides in the soil. Children playing in the dirt cannot help but pick up Ascaris eggs. The eggs hatch in the stomach
and the tiny larvae, microscopic in size, travel first to the lungs. Here they go through a molt. This causes some coughing. Whenever a child coughs for part of the day do not assume it is harmless. Use a frequency generator set to 408 KHz, or use a zapper. Children should be treated for Ascaris anyway, whether coughing or not, once a week. The tiny larvae are in the cough up. (Ascaris is a parasitic nematode worm that lives in the small intestine, but it goes through all its life stages in the body. )

But obviously you must get a further professional opinion there. Do they have naturopaths, homeopaths, alternative health practitioners there, one who can look into this part?

Meanwhile, as you say if that device is doing nothing, why not get them to pull the battery or remove it entirely?

Posted by Rachael
Naples, Fl
"Seizures are always caused by tiny Ascaris larvae in the brain."

This is a theory by a few doctors that has not be proven by any wide scale research. It is dangerous to make statements of "Fact" which have not been researched.

Posted by Vickthechick
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
3 Posts
As any scientist will tell you it is important to have an open mind. What is "unproven" one year can become "commonly accepted truth" the next. For example, recently it has FINALLY been realized and accepted by the medical community that Vitamin D is necessary in much greater amounts then previously realized.

Now as for this statement that seizures are caused by a parasite found in animal feces, this has possible truths in my case at least. I have a very old dog I have been taking care of who unfortunately poops in her bedding and I have to shake it out all the time and wash it. I commonly have a very small cough too. I suppose it IS possible for there to be more than one reason for seizures and to have a cure listed here work for more than one reason! I would definitely try the epsom-salt-before-bedtime (1/2 teaspoon in orange juice) or 1/2 tsp baking soda in 2 tbls. Lemon juice before bedtime. I am getting good sleep like never before with the lemon juice and baking soda and no seizure so far but am not sure about combining the two in one night (that's a lot of sodium! ) It is necessarily a trial and error thing to try folk remedies you must be patient and very careful too.

Posted by Peggy
To, On
I am happy for you no seizures, how do you do lately? My daughter has seizure when was 7, now 15, I really want to try.

Zinc   0  0   

Posted by Suzanne (Abbotsford, Bc) on 08/07/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I know someone who has had epilepsy since he was a young teen and has been on phenobarbitol for years. Most of the time it was controlled, but occasionally he would have a grand mal seizure and more often, petit mal seizures, particularly in the morning. However, my sister-in-law told me that in Africa where they lived for a number of years, there were many cases of epilepsy in an area that was zinc-deficient, so I suggested he start taking zinc. Since taking 25 mg of zinc (1/2 a tablet) every night, he hasn't had any trouble, except once when he was taking another brand of zinc. I don't know if I can mention the store, but the good brand was from SuperStore and the other was from an online vitamin place.


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